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The Silent Striker

Written by Pete Kalu

Part of the STRIKER Series

Key Stage 4 Sporting Stories

The Silent Striker Synopsis

Marcus is so good at football that there's a very real chance he'll be signed by Manchester United. But when he discovers he may be losing his hearing, his whole world falls to pieces and he finds himself having to put them back together on his own. But is this feeling of isolation real or just a consequence of his own behavior? While dealing with parents, friends and first girlfriends, Marcus gradually understands that accepting the help of others is ultimately an acceptance of self.

A novel about friendship and family, The Silent Striker explores the issue of disability, identity and deafness, and the different ways in which we can choose to handle it.

The Silent Striker Press Reviews

'This is a book full to the brim with the joy, heartache and passion for the beautiful game. Along the way it deals with racism, disability, bullying, jealousy, young love, family life and friendship - all without a single patronising or forced word from beginning to end. It is written in beautiful clear prose and tells a story that every lover of football and life will instantly understand' - Melvin Burges

`YA novels featuring a protagonist from a culturally diverse space are rare. Pete Kalu's, The Silent Striker in which Marcus, a gifted footballer, confronts and overcomes many of the challenges of young people his age, is a welcome addition to British writing in this genre. The Silent Striker is a strong inspirational story about human aspiration, overcoming and achievement' - Jacob Ross, author

`Touching, funny and well tackled!'- Dr Muli Amaye, novelist

`A richly compelling, emotionally resonant tale of courage' - Melanie Amri, award-winning author

`I have never understood the bigotry that has existed against deafness so I welcome a story that discusses it alongside cultural identity in a voice that is clear and understanding. This is a book that needs to be sat on every school library shelf as well as a role model of achievement. Well done Kalu' - SuAndi, OBE

`A compelling story about a boy losing his hearing. Pete Kalu is a wise and sensitive storyteller' - Rajeev Balasubramanyam, author

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913109981
Publication date: 27th September 2021
Author: Pete Kalu
Publisher: HopeRoad an imprint of HopeRoad Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Disability / Special Needs, Racism / Multi-Culturalism, Football, Sporting Stories

About Pete Kalu

Pete Kalu is a novelist, playwright and poet. His work has been widely published and performed within the UK. Prizes include BBC Playwrights Award, the Liverpool Kodak Film Pitch Award, The Voice/Jamaica Information Service Marcus Garvey Scholarship Award and BBC/Contact Theatre Dangerous Comedy Award. Other titles in the STRIKER series by Pete Kalu, Being Me and Zombie XI. Pete lives in Manchester, UK.

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